- East St. Louis School District 189
Back to School 2020-2021 Details
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School begins for all students on August 17, 2020 with Remote Learning at least through October 16, 2020. Please review the 2020-2021 School District 189 Calendar for key information about when school is in session or on break.
During Remote Learning, students should have paper or notebooks and pencils available to them at home. Students in grades 6-12 should also have a highlighter. If families need support with these resources, please contact your school office. Chromebooks will be provided to all students in grades K-12.
Frequently Asked Questions
Responses to FAQ will be updated here frequently: FAQ
August 1, 2020
July 24, 2020
July 7, 2020
Dear School District 189 Families and Staff,
We understand there is curiosity about our transition plans for returning to school. The decisions around school re-entry are being carefully planned, as the education of our students and safety of all stakeholders are the top priorities for our district.
I have been working with district Cabinet members and school administration for the last several weeks to ensure we create a safe Comprehensive Return-to-School Plan that meets the diverse needs of our students and staff. Our district was among the first in the region to begin intensive back-to-school plans that included involvement from multiple stakeholder groups. A back-to-school task force, comprised of more than 50 teachers, principals, district administrators, school support staff, parents, partner agencies, and other key stakeholders, has met frequently to discuss and develop detailed procedures. There have been many discussions regarding academic scheduling, breakfast/lunch, health and safety, staffing, transportation, and school visitation while keeping in mind the safety of students, staff and families. The following options are being considered:
- Full in-school instruction for all
- Remote learning for all
- Hybrid model that includes a combination of in-school and remote learning
Please know any option selected in our Comprehensive Return-to-School Plan will be in accordance with guidelines released from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition to this guidance, the task force will continue to consider insights and feedback from a variety of sources, including:
- District 189 Board of Education
- District 189 June parent survey (15% of families responded)
- District 189 student remote learning participation data from spring and summer 2020
- Documented plans and considerations from other countries, states and school districts
- Legal Counsel
- Locals 1220 & 382
As we continue to closely monitor information related to coronavirus transmission trends, we recognize that our planning needs to be fluid due to the uncertainties associated with COVID-19. With this in mind, we are cautious to avoid overpromising or overcommitting during this pandemic.
District administration is frequently reviewing data about the transmission of COVID-19 in the zip codes we serve. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there have been 807 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of July 2, 2020 within the zip codes of our school district serving area. This represents just under a 5% infection rate for our total population. In the month of June, the cases doubled from 400 to 807. I urge you to do your part to decrease the spread of COVID-19 by washing hands frequently, wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and adhering to CDC guidance. If you follow required social distancing guidelines and hygiene practices, then your risk of contracting COVID-19 is low.
By July 31, 2020, we will share our Comprehensive Return-to-School plan(s) to help families and staff prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. In the upcoming weeks, you will receive updates from our district and schools. It is imperative that we have current phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses for all our families. This can be completed through an online school registration for returning students. Please visit this website to update contact information. https://skyweb.estl189.com/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplus/seplog01.w If you need assistance, call our Family and Community Engagement Center at 618-646-3130 or visit our website at www.estl189.com.
If you have not completed the survey, please share your thoughts about reopening schools at https://forms.gle/hbhDZ8YjfFC9igjA9. Our goal is to hear from all families.
Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure the best plans are being made for our students, staff, and community.
Arthur R. Culver, Superintendent